This page highlights overseas experiences that have a science, public health or medicine theme that may be of interest to premeds. Some offer credit while others are just experiential or internship based.
Please refer to the Study Abroad as a Premed page for more information and insight about the impact of studying abroad for credit during the academic year.
Study Abroad, Work, Volunteer & Summer Internships*
Atlantis Project Premed International Fellowships. Shadow doctors for 20+ hr/wk in multiple countries. Knowledge of host country is preferred but not necessary. Some programs have MCAT course as well.
American Chemical Society (ACS) has a page highlighting study abroad programs for Chemistry majors both graduate and undergraduate plus scholarships such as the NSEP as well as internships.
DAAD RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering). Intensive summer of research in Germany. No German necessary.
Dominican Republic WFR & Medical Spanish Summer program in the Dominican Republic.
CIEE offers a summer program in community health in Argentina.
Community Public Health in Khon Kaen, Thailand (CIEE) (Fall program)
DIS: Study Abroad in Scandinavia DIS offers a semester program in Denmark called Medical Practice and Policy. DIS also offers summer programs in health & medicine, sports medicine or medical diagnostics in either Stockholm or Copenhagen.
The Education Abroad Program office of the University of California manages study abroad programs for the UC system. This website highlights the 90 programs in 34 countries for STEM majors. Although many of the programs are only for UC students, the host universities or programs are open to any school (ex: University of Queensland, University College Dublin or the University of Glasgow) so check their requirements.
GAP medics Short term clinical work overseas.
Global and Public Health in Manipal, India (IFSA) (Fall or Spring)
Global Leadership Adventures offers teens (ages 14-18) the opportunity to conduct service abroad. These programs span 14-21 days. The global medicine and public health programs in Ghana, Dominican Republic, Peru and Bali might be of particular interest to premeds. For those interested in veterinary medicine, perhaps consider Elephant Health in Thailand or the Sea Turtle Initiative or the Animal Rescue Project in Costa Rica.
Johns Hopkins University Pre-Professional Advising Office lists several study abroad programs and options for premeds.
Marine Resource Studies in Turks and Caicos Islands (Fall or Spring)
Middlebury College page on Health and Pre-Med Programs Abroad
MSID- Minnesota Studies in International Development in Ecuador, Kenya or Senegal. This semester or year long program requires students to complete either an internship or research project with a local non-profit. Many students select a public health topic. Requires 4 semesters of Spanish for Ecuador and 4 semesters of French for Senegal.
Pre-health Students CAN Study Abroad, written by USC Dornsife College of Arts and Letters.
Princeton's Health Professions office has a long list of opportunities including Uganda, Cambodia, England, Belize and France. Princeton also has a page that highlights where students have studied abroad and taken a gap year overseas.
Health Studies semester progam sponsored by IES in Santiago, Chile (Fall or Spring)
School of International Education SIT offers study abroad programs during the semester and summer on many topics such as global health. Ex: Kenya, Argentina, China, South Africa and India.
STEM Summer Research London Program at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in London, 6 weeks
Swarthmore College has a great list of summer opportunities both domestic and abroad.
Unpacked: A Study Abroad Guide for Students Like Me (sponsored by Butler University Institute for Study Abroad)
University of Michigan International Center Internships Abroad site.
Unite for Sight focuses on promoting eye health and preventing blindness around the world. They offer a hands-on global volunteer program around the world.
Volunteer with Missionaries of Charity in India and other locations.
Direct Enrollment: In addition to the many theme-based study abroad programs listed above, student can directly enroll at a foreign university or through a study abroad program such as Institute for Study Abroad at Butler University or Arcadia University (to name just a few) and take a wide range of classes at a foreign university. Science based classes can range from Physiology and Neuroscience to Public Health and Kinesiology. Providing you speak the language, your home institution offers credit, and you have the prerequisites to take the class, the options are endless. Why not study Genetics at Oxford, Microbiology in Chile, do an internship with the Ministry of Health in Wellington, New Zealand or spend a summer at Imperial College in London studying Biomedicine. Please visit your study abroad office for more specifics on credit and options.
Guide to Online Research This extensive website outlines how best to conduct online research when scrolling through research databases, search engines and websites. This site is worth a quick look to browse what is available then bookmark it and return to it when you need to drill down for more specific information or need help navigating an academic/scientific website.
Before Conducting clinical work abroad, please carefully read the following links:
- "Guidelines for Premedical and Medical Students Providing Patient Care During Clinical Experiences Abroad," from AAMC.
- "Guidelines for Undergraduate Health-Related Programs Abroad," from the Forum on Education Abroad.
- Resource Manual April 7, 2017 Workshop on Best Practices in Global Health Experiential Learning.
- Advisers urge students to avoid performing procedures abroad. Article published on November 19, 2012 by Ariana Assaf, for the Michigan Daily.
* Newport Premedical Consulting, LLC does not recommend or endorse any particular program listed above. Programs are listed as a point of resource. Students must conduct their own research to determine if a program fits their needs.